Sunday 07 September 2003

Dear Jaspers,

The jasper jottings email list has 1,094 subscribers (after subtracting the two deliberate duplicates)  by my count.

Don't forget:

Weekend of September 20th - Cardinal Spellman Retreat House in Riverdale

Mo Sep 22 '03 3rd Annual James Keating O'Neill Memorial Golf Classic.

    Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge, Long Island
    More info   at . 
         Due to a reported glitch in the reservation system,
              I suggest you confirm your reservation.?


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American soldiers listed: 283

September 1

Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara, 40, of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Camara was one of two soldiers who were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on Main Supply Route Tampa, south of Baghdad, Iraq. Camara was assigned to the 115th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, Cranston, Rhode Island.

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"What is really needed in Iraq is an accelerated process to turn over governance of Iraq to the Iraqi people." --Helle Dale

We need to keep these young men and women in our prayers every day. I am not sure that their sacrifices are going unnoticed by an American People watching "Cupid", the Ten Commandment's flap, and Arnold running for governor. We have at least one Jasper in the theatre and at least one son of a Jasper there too. Every day, we should be demanding that the politicians keep their eyes on the ball! I do. 

Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.

"Collector-in-chief" John





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Gorini, Joe



Griffin, James T.



Helm, Robert A



Bower, Eugene J.



Stein, James Thurston



Annunziata, Frank



Ipavich, Fred M.



Phelps, Steve



Breen, Tom



Ryan, James M.



Gillespie, Barbara



Arya, Suresh



Horcajo, Antonio A.



Huvane, Robert T.



Karazuba, Paul



Zaikowski, Jamie



Devlin, Peter E.








Annunziata, Frank



Arya, Suresh



Bower, Eugene J.



Breen, Tom



Devlin, Peter E.



Gillespie, Barbara



Gorini, Joe



Griffin, James T.



Helm, Robert A



Horcajo, Antonio A.



Huvane, Robert T.



Ipavich, Fred M.



Karazuba, Paul



Phelps, Steve



Ryan, James M.



Stein, James Thurston



Zaikowski, Jamie





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(Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]


From: Jasper Recruiting []
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 2:48 PM
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Subject: Jasper Services

We are updating our files in Career Services at Manhattan College.  If you are still interested in using our resume referral program, please respond with an updated copy of your resume (Word format) attached.  Alumni are encouraged to make an appointment with their Career Counselor to use the Alumni Directory.  You may contact the office at 718/862-7224.


From: []
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 11:03 PM
Subject: NYC Alumni Club Event Oct. 9

Dear Ferdinand J. Reinke,


Bobby Gonzalez, Head Coach Men's Basketball Team



Myndi Hill, new Head Coach Women’s Basketball

Mutual of America
320 Park Ave.

There will be industry breakout sessions to facilitate networking with other alumni. When registering for the event, please specify your industry of interest.
Financial Services
Professional Services
Public Services

Limited Seating - Register Now!


[JR: C U there? ]





Verbal prose of the day 

 (25 August 2003)

I've always wanted to be ghetto fabulous.  however, being quite possibly the whitest man in America, this isn't going to happen anytime soon, even with the help of

California people still baffle me.  I saw a Shakespeare play at an outside amphitheatre local college Saturday--one where it is a mix of college students and professional actors.  The sets are not elaborate, the stories not 100% true to form, but that is intentional.  Yet, you still get these idiots who talk very loudly during intermission about how 'the actor playing Hamlet is much too old' and 'they should have used a ghost instead of a voice' while they suck down glass number 4 of their $25 wine because 'they're so sophisticated.'.  If you want to see professional Shakespeare, rent a tuxedo, pay $150 a ticket, and see Kenneth Branaugh and Patrick Stewart.   I'll continue to drink Coke out of the can and not worry about the age of the actor or the faithfullness of the recreation.  People in this state cannot simply enjoy things for what they are.

 (18 August 2003)

Sarah Jessica Parker had it right on Sex in the City last night--what about us single people?  In the past 6-12 months, I have spent who knows how many hundreds/thousands dollars on wedding gifts for people that, admittedly, I care very much for, but still...what about me?  Where are my 'Hey, great job in not screwing around on your girlfriend' or 'Happy Arbor Day' gifts?  Aren't I entitled to a little something(s) extra in view of the whole lot of extra's i give?

and it's only friends are just beginning to get married.  while i have weathered the warning shots, the battle still awaits.  what then?  I missed out on my Bar Mitzvah gifts (given I am not Jewish...), had my college gifts...but what if I don't get married?  Getting married is like the adult equivalent of your first Christmas.  so many gifts, everything so new and cool.  Plus, when you get married, no one can pawn off a $3.98 GI Joe as a good gift.  You get fun shit, like Toasters and 1968 Mustang Mach 3's with matching numbers...alright, maybe more like toasters and sheets and gumball machines and matching flatware...

If I am not married by the time I am thirty five, you all owe me wedding gifts.  I'll be registered at Home Depot, Harley Davidson, Guitar Center, and the local classic car dealer.  I expect payback!!!

 (15 august 2003)

What is the morbid fascination that people have with having to stop and look at an accident at the side of the highway? and why do they look even harder when they see the Morgue truck?

no matter how much medical training i've gotten in the last two years, regardless of how many emergency medical drills i've passed, nothing quite prepares you for the reality of the end of a life right in front of you


god i miss that squirrel

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[JR: Paul Karazuba (1998)  ]




CLA Graduate Faculty

Department of Communication


Frank Annunziata, AB, Manhattan College; MA, City College of the City University of New York; Ph.D., Ohio State University—Professor, History

Rochester Institute of Technology,   One Lomb Memorial Drive,   Rochester, NY   14623-5603     585-475-2411

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Graduate Faculty: Letter I

© 2003 University of Maryland

Ipavich, Fred M. Adjunct Member

B.S., Manhattan College, 1967; Ph.D.,University of Maryland-College Park, 1972.

- Senior Research Scientist, Physics

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Suresh Arya -Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Suresh conceptualized and built the infrastructure of Imbot after a lifetime of involvement in Internet technology. Prior to founding Imbot, Suresh was the president of Anisoft Corp., a systems integrator that had been in business for the last decade with a client base that included Chase Manhattan Bank. Suresh has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Computer Engineering from Manhattan College.

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[Collector's prayer: And, may perpetual light shine on our fellow departed Jaspers, and all the souls of the faithful departed.]

Your assistance is requested in finding these. Please don’t assume that I will “catch” it via an automated search. Sometimes the data just doesn’t makes it’s way in.


Copyright 2003 Sarasota Herald-Tribune Co. 
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida)
September 3, 2003 Wednesday Manatee Edition
HEADLINE: Obituaries

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James Thurston Stein

James Thurston Stein, 68, Parrish, husband of Manatee County Commissioner Amy Stein, died Aug. 30, 2003.

He was born April 27, 1935, in Long Island City, N.Y., and came to Parrish in 1991 from Edison, N.J. He retired as a teacher, principal and administrator for the New York City school system. He was a member of River Wilderness Country Club and the Bradenton Yacht Club. He was a graduate of Manhattan College. He did his doctoral studies at Columbia University and received his master's degree from Queens College. He was a member of First Evangelical Free Church of Bradenton and St. Frances Cabrini Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Roberta J. O'Neil of Rockville Centre, N.Y.; a son, Dr. Matthew R. of Barrington, R.I.; sisters Dr. Claire Anne of Washington, D.C., and Mary Grace Martinelli of Vero Beach; brothers Dr. Ignatius of Sharpsburg, Ga., John L. of Chester, N.Y., and William J. of New City, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Evangelical Free Church in Bradenton. A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Frances Cabrini Church in Parrish. Ellenton Funeral Home is in charge.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238, Care Net Manasota Pregnancy Center, 5111 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207; or to Open Doors with Brother Andrew, P.O. Box 27001, Santa Ana, CA 92799.

DATE: September 4, 2003 

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Copyright 2003 Boston Herald Inc. 
The Boston Herald
September 1, 2003 Monday ALL EDITIONS
HEADLINE: Obituary; James Griffin, 80, Cape entrepreneur

James T. Griffin of Orleans, a furniture manufacturers representative and store owner, died Aug. 24 at his home. He was 80.

A native of the Bronx, he graduated from Manhattan College. Before moving to Cape Cod, Mr. Griffin lived in Yonkers, N.Y., and Ormond Beach, Fla.

Mr. Griffin served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II.

He started his own business as a furniture manufacturers representative and owned Molla Outdoor Furniture.

Mr. Griffin was a member and president of the Male Glee Club of Yonkers for many years. He had also volunteered at the St. Joan of Arc Thrift Shop on Cape Cod.

Husband of the late Janet, he is survived by two sons, Michael and James; three daughters, Barbara, Janet and Patricia Yoon;  a companion, Robina Carter; a sister, Mary Dean; a brother, George; and six grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville, N.Y., on Saturday.

Burial will be private.

Arrangements by Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, North Attleboro.

LOAD-DATE: September 01, 2003 

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Copyright 2003 Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ)
All Rights Reserved 
Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ)
August 27, 2003 Wednesday

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Eugene J. Bower, 75, insurance underwriter

PISCATAWAY - Eugene J. Bower, 75, of Piscataway for 35 years, formerly of the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township, died Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2003) at his residence.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 25, 1928, he was the son of the late George and Margaret (Rush) Bower.

He worked as an insurance underwriter at AIG Insurance of Manhattan, N.Y., retiring in 1989. He presently worked part-time until his death with the New Jersey State Unemployment office in Plainfield.

He was the husband of Margaret (Seidenzahl) Bower.

Mr. Bower was a communicant for 35 years at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Piscataway, where he was a Eucharistic minister and member of the Holy Name Society. He served in the Korean War as a sergeant with the U.S. Marines. He was a lifetime member of the Dunellen Knights of Columbus, member of Piscataway Board of Adjusters, retiring in 2003, and a member of Piscataway Democratic Committee. Mr. Bower graduated in 1953 from Manhattan College in New York with a bachelor's degree.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Owen James of Piscataway; his son, Herbert George of Piscataway; a daughter, Lisa, wife of Brian Hokanson of Edison; granddaughter, Breana Hokanson at home; grandson, Michael Hokanson at home; brother, George Bower Jr. of Staten Island, N.Y., and sisters, Margaret Bower of Colonia and Teresa Joyce of Colonia.

Funeral services will begin 9:15 a.m. Friday from Sheenan Funeral Home, Dunellen. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, with Father Herbert Stab officiating. Mausoleum entombment will be in Resurrection Burial Park, Piscataway. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. For directions, visit

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LOAD-DATE: August 29, 2003 

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Copyright 2003 Nationwide News Pty Limited 
Mornington Peninsula Leader (Australia)
September 2, 2003 Tuesday
HEADLINE: Local duo at; world talks

TWO Toorak College students had the chance of a lifetime recently to make a difference.

Emma Richardson and Sarah Garde took part in the Global Young Leaders conference in Washington and New York.

Sarah said the pair visited the UN, Ground Zero and the World Bank as well as listening to world leaders and news makers.

"We stayed at Manhattan College and George Washington University," she said.

Emma said there were people of many nationalities and cultures at the conference yet "we felt connected with them all".

"It has made me feel more independent and confident and have acquired good leadership skills."

Sarah and Emma were among 350 outstanding students from secondary schools around the world brought together to tackle many of today's problems.

Global Young Leaders is a non-profit, educational organisation committed to fostering and inspiring young people.

LOAD-DATE: September 2, 2003 




Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. 
Newsday (New York)
September 2, 2003 Tuesday QUEENS EDITION
BYLINE: Sheila McKenna


Independent real estate appraiser; president of Q4U, a nonprofit organization she founded last year to organize, promote and help fund sports and leisure activities in northeast Queens parks (see


38; native of Flushing, bachelor's in computer science from Manhattan College; worked as an information technology project manager and business analyst on Wall Street for 15 years before switching careers after 9/11; single, lives in Bayside.


"Because of my background in computers and information technology, I had felt that I could use some of those skills to develop a community-based Web site. I knew I wanted to do some kind of Web site in the area of parks and outdoor activities."


"Last fall, we sponsored a series of five consecutive Sundays in Bayside parks, which we called the Indian Summer Adult Fitness Series. We had free yoga classes, rollerblading, 10-mile bike rides. Also, a park cleanup followed by a picnic with music. This year Q4U is organizing the Bayside Day 5K Run/Walk on Sept. 21 as a fund-raiser to benefit the Bayside Business Association in support of one of their beautification projects."


"After doing some research I found out that we have about 2,000 acres of parkland. That is roughly 2 1/2 times the acreage of Central Park. We have this awesome resource but there is a wide gap in the funding. I'd like to do something similar to what the Central Park Conservancy does - not as large - but I think that if I eventually get the appropriate funding we could have a sophisticated, high-quality community Web site to promote the parks in this area."

GRAPHIC: Photo by Jason DeCrow - Barbara Gillespie

LOAD-DATE: September 2, 2003 

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Copyright 2003 VV Publishing Corporation 
Village Voice (New York, NY)
September 2, 2003, Tuesday
SECTION: Columns and Departments; Pg. 56 back to school special
Pizza Parlor Location Telephone Slices? Closest School

(some may require a bit of a trip, but it'll be worth it.)

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Denise Pizza 21A Knolls Crescent, Bx 718-884-4500 Y MC

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MC Manhattan College

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LOAD-DATE: August 29, 2003 




Copyright 2003 Financial Times Information
All rights reserved
Global News Wire - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire 
Copyright 2003 Kasturi & Sons Ltd (KSL)  
The Hindu
August 30, 2003

Dragging my three-piece luggage, I entered Mt. Vernon Campus of George Washington University in Washington DC. This was to be my home and conference site for Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) for the next one week before I move on to New York's Manhattan College for the following week's conference agenda. It was a beautiful campus and we were accommodated in the dorm. "We" meant 375 junior college and higher secondary students from 53 different countries. The theme of GYLC was The Leaders of Tomorrow preparing for the Global Challenges and Responsibilities of the Future'. The programme was designed to enable us, to interact with key leaders and newsmakers with powerful influence over politics, finance culture and diplomacy. The participants were divided into groups representing individual countries. I was part of the group that represented Israel. We were an interesting group. There was a scion of an oil-tycoon from Venezuela, a girl from Denver, Colorado, and another from Singapore and there were students from France, Italy, Germany, Middle East, Far-East, Japan and we had a mini united nations in our campus. If you would like to know more about GYLC here are a few facts.

Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC) is a non-profit, non-partisan educational organisation. CYLC sponsors Global Youth Leadership Council (GYLC), a unique leadership development programme for secondary school students from around the world who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit.

I went as " Madrasi Indian" and when I bid farewell to my friends, I left as a Global Citizen. When I open the day's Newspaper now, its contents make different sense to me - thanks to GYLC.


LOAD-DATE: August 30, 2003 




FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: Your resume can be sent to employers who contact our office seeking to fill positions.  For more information contact the Recruitment Coordinator at (718) 862-7965 or Email to

Actual jobs at MC are at: 


Peter E. Devlin

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Objective: A position utilizing analytical, quantitative and verbal abilities.

Education: Master of Arts, February 2003
               Fordham University, Bronx, NY
               Major: Systematic Theology
               GPA: 3.925/4.0
               Bachelor of Science, May 1999
               Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY
               Major: Mathematics
               GPA: 3.96/4.0          Major GPA: 4.0/4.0

Employment: St. Raymond High School for Boys, Bronx, NY  (09/00 – present)
                Secondary Education Mathematics Theology Teacher
            Worked on curriculum committee for all levels
            Implement a philosophy focusing on enabling students to develop critical thinking skills
            Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (Summer 1998)
            National Science Foundation Fellowship Recipient
            Conducted original research in Real Analysis

Invited Presentations: Northern Arizona University
                          Title: “Degrees of Differentiability”
                   Marist College
                          Title: “Making Non-Functions Differentiable”
                   Hudson River Mathematics Conference
                          Various Titles

Publications: A New Martyrdom in Latin America accepted for publication in Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology

Honors:             Mathematics Full Tuition recipient, Manhattan College
          Received Manhattan College Medal of  Excellence in:
                  ·     Mathematics
                  ·     Scientific Research
                  ·     Science and Mathematics

Membership: American Academy of Religions

Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Pi Mu
                     Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Theta Alpha 
                 Kappa, Epsilon Sigma Pi

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, Maple Computer Algebra System




FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: [which is no longer at the College, but at a third party. Web bugs are on the pages. (That’s the benefit of being a security weenie!) So, it’s reader beware. Your browser can tell people “stuff” about you, like your email address, leading to SPAM. Forewarned is forearmed.]


The only reason for putting this here is to give us a chance to attend one of these games and support "our" team.

Date Day Sport Opponent Location Time/Result
9/7/03 Sunday W. Soccer   University of Maine   Orono, ME   1:00 PM
9/7/03 Sunday M. Soccer   Philadelphia University (Hawk Classic)   Philadelphia, PA   3:00 PM
9/9/03 Tuesday M. Tennis   Fairleigh Dickinson   Teaneck, NJ   TBA 
9/9/03 Tuesday Volleyball   Central Connecticut State   HOME   6:00 PM
9/11/03 Thursday Golf   Bucknell Invitational   Lewisburg, PA   2:00 PM
9/12/03 Friday M. Tennis   Boston College Invitational   Chestnut Hill, MA   TBA 
9/12/03 Friday Golf   Bucknell Invitational   Lewisburg, PA   1:00 PM
9/12/03 Friday W. Soccer   Jacksonville University   Jacksonville, FL   4:00 PM
9/12/03 Friday Volleyball   University of Illinois (Connecticut Invitational)   Storrs, CT   5:00 PM
9/13/03 Saturday M. Tennis   Boston College Invitational   Chestnut Hill, MA   TBA 
9/13/03 Saturday W. Tennis   Fairfield   Fairfield, CT   8:00 AM
9/13/03 Saturday Golf   Bucknell Invitational   Lewisburg, PA   8:45 AM
9/13/03 Saturday Cross Country   Princeton/LaSalle   Princeton, NJ   11:00 AM
9/13/03 Saturday Volleyball   University of Connecticut (Connecticut Invitational)   Storrs, CT   12:00 PM
9/13/03 Saturday M. Soccer   University of Maine   Orono, ME   1:00 PM
9/13/03 Saturday Volleyball   Akron University (Connecticut Invitational   Storrs, CT   5:00 PM
9/14/03 Sunday M. Tennis   Boston College Invitational   Chestnut Hill, MA   TBA 
9/14/03 Sunday W. Tennis   Fairfield   Fairfield, CT   8:00 AM
9/14/03 Sunday W. Soccer   Stetson University   DeLand, FL   11:00 AM
9/17/03 Wednesday M. Tennis   Rider*   HOME   TBA 
9/18/03 Thursday M. Tennis   Fordham   Rose Hill, NY   TBA 
9/18/03 Thursday W. Tennis   Fordham   Rose Hill, NY   TBA 
9/19/03 Friday W. Tennis   Albany Invitational   Albany, NY   TBA 
9/19/03 Friday M. Tennis   ECAC Championships   TBA   TBA 
9/19/03 Friday Volleyball   UMBC (Villanova Tournament)   Villanova, PA   TBA 
9/19/03 Friday Golf   Manhattan Fall Invitational   Riverhead, NY   1:00 PM
9/20/03 Saturday M. Tennis   ECAC Championships   TBA   TBA 
9/20/03 Saturday W. Tennis   Albany Invitational   Albany, NY   TBA 
9/20/03 Saturday Volleyball   Villanova University (Villanova Tournament)   Villanova, PA   10:00 AM
9/20/03 Saturday W. Soccer   Fordham University   HOME   1:00 PM
9/20/03 Saturday Volleyball   University of Pennsylvania (Villanova Tournament)   Villanova, PA 5:00 PM
9/20/03 Saturday M. Soccer   Hartwick College   Oneonta, NY   5:30 PM
9/21/03 Sunday W. Tennis   Albany Invitational   Albany, NY   TBA 
9/21/03 Sunday M. Tennis   ECAC Championships   TBA   TBA 
9/21/03 Sunday M. Soccer   Adelphi University   Garden City, NY   4:00 PM
9/24/03 Wednesday W. Soccer   Wagner College   HOME   3:30 PM
9/24/03 Wednesday M. Soccer   Virginia Military Institute   Lexington, VA   4:00 PM
9/25/03 Thursday Volleyball   SUNY Stony Brook   Stony Brook, NY   7:00 PM
9/26/03 Friday M. Tennis   Northeastern Invitational   TBA   TBA 
9/27/03 Saturday M. Tennis   Northeastern Invitational   TBA   TBA 
9/27/03 Saturday W. Soccer   Northeastern University   Boston, MA   6:00 PM
9/28/03 Sunday M. Tennis   Northeastern Invitational   TBA   TBA 


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[Sports from News & Web]

Copyright 2003 The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
All Rights Reserved 
The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
August 28, 2003 Thursday
HEADLINE: Jackson hopes to get women's club soccer team started
BYLINE: Joe Lombardi, Staff

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Iona Prep youth holiday classic set: The Iona Prep Fathers' Council will host its 15th Annual Holiday Boys Basketball Classic Dec. 19-30, 2003 at Iona Prep in New Rochelle. The double-elimination event will include elementary school, junior varsity and varsity divisions.

Past participants in the Holiday Classic who went on to play NCAA Division I basketball include Nick Delfico (Fairfield University), Justin Jackette (Manhattan College) and Jared Johnson (Manhattan College). Current area high school standouts who played in the event include Jonathan Mitchell and Mike Coburn of Mount Vernon High School and Craig Davis and Jim Robertson of Iona Prep.

Joe Lombardi is sports editor of weekly publications of The Journal News. He can be reached at

LOAD-DATE: August 29, 2003 


Copyright 2003 The Topeka Capital-Journal 
Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)
August 28, 2003, Thursday
BYLINE: Capital-Journal

Your kid has less than a 1 in 100 chance of getting a Division I scholarship, but that doesn't mean your kid isn't good enough to play sports in college --- and get college paid for doing it.

Truth is, if your kid is good enough to start as a high school junior, he or she probably is good enough to go to college on an athletic scholarship.

"That's the message I try to get across," Jack Renkens says. "There are places to play, and there are coaches who want you."

Renkens is kinda like that guy on late-night TV with the question marks on all over his suit. But instead of teaching the tricks to uncovering hidden government grants, Renkens preaches the secrets of navigating the college recruiting process.

He knows both sides of it. He coached basketball at Colby Community College, and went on to be a Division II head coach and athletic director at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. When his daughter, Brooke, was playing basketball in high school and on a club team, it planted the seeds of a new career.

"The parents on that team were all wackos," he said. "They thought their kids were going to Pitt or Tennessee or Boston College. I'd go, 'Are you crazy? Have got gotten one FedX package? Ever? C'mon. Get serious.' ''

Brooke Renkens wound up getting a scholarship and playing basketball at Manhattan College. Her dad wound up writing a book called "Recruiting Realities" and touring the country encouraging athletes and their families to holster their egos, lower their expectations and expand their opportunities.

After stops this week in St. Louis and Chicago, Renkens will make a return engagement tonight at Washburn Rural High School, where AD Chris Ridley says, "I've had parents who have directly said that the things he told them were really helpful."

Only 0.8 percent of high school athletes get Division I scholarships, but hundreds of small schools, such as Adelphi or Castleton State or William Penn, have teams to fill and grants to fill them.

"These are small schools that you've never heard of, and they're dying for kids," Renkens said. "The opportunities are out there."

Few of those opportunities are at big-time schools, though. Don't let a few form letters go to your head, he said. Don't be flattered by invitations for unpaid campus visits. Don't blow money hoping to get discovered at college camps. Don't bother sending slick highlight videos to big-time schools.

Set your sights lower. Make your pitch simple and straight-forward and spread it nationwide.

"One paragraph. No clippings. No letters of recommendation. No highlights," Renkens said. "Send a one-page profile that a coach can look at and decide if he's interested or not interested. Then send it to 300 or 400 or 500 schools."

Resist the temptation tug to walk on close to home or let emotional ties pick your school for you. Kids with good grades who are willing to attend school far away from home will get the cash and the playing time. They'll make the next step in life a successful one.

"Would you rather have them sit on the bench and always contemplating quitting or have them playing every day and enjoying their experience?" he said. "What they have to understand is, no matter what is preached, this is about education. It's about enjoying the experience. It's about their future."

Kurt Caywood's column regularly appears Mondays, Fridays and Sundays. He can be reached at (785) 295-1288 or

What: A 90-minute presentation by former high school and college coach Jack Renkens on the facts and fiction of college recruiting
When: 7:30 tonight
Where: Washburn Rural High School auditorium

LOAD-DATE: August 29, 2003 

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Flashes to play at Hurricane Invitational
Kelly Mills
Daily Kent Stater

A weekend in sunny Florida will begin this year’s season for the women’s volleyball team. The Flashes left yesterday morning for the Hurricane Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla., with matches against three other well-respected teams.

The University of Miami will host the tournament, which also includes Indiana University and Manhattan College. Kent State will play Indiana at 4 p.m. today, Miami at noon tomorrow and Manhattan at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The Hurricane Invitational will mark the first set of matches the team is to face this year, but none of the teams to be played are in the Mid-American Conference. The Flashes will not open the MAC season until Sep. 26-27.

Although this weekend’s matches are part of a preseason tournament, Kent State coach Mora Kanim said they are important to the team’s overall record.

“Volleyball preseason isn’t like other sports,” Kanim said. “Ours count right off the bat.”

All of the teams are entering this tournament as their first matches of the season, and the Flashes can expect strong competition from the other teams present. All participants finished last year with a winning season; the Hurricanes advanced as far as the NCAA regional semifinal.

“By the end of the weekend we will be anywhere between 0-3 and 3-0,” Kanim said.

The lineup will be challenging to the team, but the results will help the team learn their strengths and weaknesses early on.

Kanim is not letting this year’s record put pressure on her. Instead, she is looking forward to this weekend to help the team members build their skills.

“I think it’s good that we start our season against such high-profile teams,” Kanim said. “It gives us a chance to start our season working hard.”

2002 was a winning season for the Flashes. With an 18-13 overall record, Kent State finished with a tie for third in the MAC. The team is retaining five letter-winners and four starters from last year, which could boost confidence in the team’s abilities for this season. Three freshmen, Brittany Kessel, Karry Griffin and Sarah Wilber, have been recruited to help round out the roster.

Assistant coaches Carey Davis and Alexis Lebedew are also new to the Kent State official coaching staff. Davis was a volunteer assistant coach last year, and Lebedew was assistant coach at Humboldt State University.

The 2003 Mid-American Conference Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll showed Kent State picked to finish third again for this season. Ohio University was picked to finish first, followed by University of Akron. Poll results were posted as of Aug. 5.

Kent State will host the four-team Kent State Invitational Sep. 5-6 at the M.A.C. Center against Morehead State, Western Kentucky and Georgia.


Copyright 2003 Daily Kent Stater

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Friday, August 29, 2003 
Competition Will Be Thick at GMU Tournament
By James McEvoy
Hoya Staff Writer
 Charles Nailen/The Hoya

Senior Jen Ward sets up a shot for one of her teammates. Ward is serving as team captain for the 2003 season.

The Georgetown women’s volleyball team ventures across the river to play in the George Mason University Tournament this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Linn Gymnasium in Fairfax, Va. The first of a series of tournaments before conference play begins, the weekend’s worth of matches will test out the team’s solidarity and will offer some freshmen their first taste of collegiate volleyball.

This will stand as a departure from last year, in which the team traveled all the way to East Lansing, Mich., to participate in the Michigan State University Volleyball Classic. The team struggled there against nationally ranked competition, heading back to D.C. with a 2-1 record. Although the teams and the setting may have changed, Georgetown’s desire to win and ability to play hard will not have diminished despite the demanding opposition.

The Hoyas finished last season tied for sixth in the Big East (7-6) with a 17-13 record overall. Picked to finish fifth overall this year in the coach’s preseason poll, the team, according to head coach Li Liu, is in transition with young players filling the starting rolls. Two sophomores and two freshmen are expected to end up on the starting rotation of six players.

“The kids are working really hard. They’re really excited, but we know that we’re young and that we have to be patient,” Liu said. “I want them to work hard and get better every game.”

The competition during the tournament will test the limited experience of the Hoyas. Liu also said that she hopes the younger players will mature as the season progresses.

“When they play under pressure, they’re going to learn quickly how to deal so that by next year we’ll be more on the mature side.”

Fairfield University finished tied for first in the coach’s preseason poll for the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference, tied with Manhattan College. The Stags pulled off a season championship last year led by senior Kristin Anderson and sophomore Casey Machon, last year’s MAAC Rookie of the Year. Fairfield ended the season with a 19-15 overall record and an 8-1 conference record, but fell to Loyola College 3-2 in the championship’s conference postseason tournament.

George Mason won the Colonial Athletic Association last year and was unanimously voted to do so again in the preseason coach’s poll. The team dominated the conference in the mid-’90s and has reemerged as the CAA’s hegemon. Last year they claimed a berth in the NCAA tournament. The team went 22-8 overall last year (14-2 in conference play) and sports the country’s leader in kills per game, senior Aline Pereira. She recorded 724 kills in 110 games and garnered the CAA’s Player of the Year award. They promise to be strong opponents, having downed the Hoyas last October in three closely contested games.

Southwest Missouri State, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, has had two excellent seasons in a row, ending with a 15-3 record both years and finishing second in their conference both years. They finished the season with a 21-9 record and placed three players on the All-Conference First Team. The coach’s preseason poll placed the team in the same spot again, as perennial conference rival Northern Iowa promises to have yet another strong team. The team will still have Chenille Bayless, a senior setter, and the school’s all-time leader in assists, to spur the team on.

The team will face out of conference opponents all weekend, with Fairfield University at 3 p.m. on Friday and George Mason and Southwest Missouri State University on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

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Giant banana slugs and Gorloks and ravens, oh my! Attend just about any sporting event and you’ll spot ’em. We’re talking, of course, about those sometimes outrageous, sometimes ferocious, often goofy mascots and team names. We’ve searched some college campuses and uncovered our favorites.

by Jon Hetzel

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 Campus: Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y.

Mascot: Jaspers

In the late 1800’s, Brother Jasper, head of the resident students at Manhattan College, introduced baseball to his school’s roster of sports. He also strictly enforced a rule: Student spectators had to forfeit their evening meal if they left a game in progress. Legend has it that during one long game, Jasper recognized that the students were getting restless, so he allowed them to stretch and walk around for a few minutes. This break soon became popular at the school—and it eventually caught on in the major leagues as the seventh-inning stretch.

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From: Tom Breen '74
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 1:41 PM
Subject: Re:

Please CHANGE my e-mail address FROM <privacy invoked>  TO <privacy invoked> . Thanks, Tom Breen '74

[JR:  Done. ]




From: Robert T. Huvane (1992)
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2003 11:13 AM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 24 Aug 2003

Sign me up. Just do me a favor and send it to the account.



[JR:  Done ]




From: Antonio A. Horcajo (1988)
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2003 4:20 AM
Subject: RE: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 06 Aug 2003

-- Antonio Horcajo Aguirre


Guía telefónica QDQ.COM. - La forma más sencilla de encontrar todas las empresas, comercios y profesionales de España.

[JR: Si? I guess.  ]




From: Robert A Helm (1951)
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2003 1:50 PM
Subject: RE:

Good Afternoon, John:

1. Back when I was a freshman...July of 1945...we were given a book of school songs to learn. Being a newly graduated HS senior, worrying about the draft and college, I carefully read the little book. I was surprised to find in one of the "fight" songs the set of phrases "white men, fighting men, Manhattan men". I mentioned this to Joe Gallagher, whom I had met in back country Riverdale where he lived (St. Gabriel's Parish, as I recall, where I had his little brother in their Boy Scout when I was their interim Scoutmaster after the war, while their SM recovered from his heart attack). When I returned from the war, the phrase "white men" has disappeared from the songbook. I mention this merely to point out that much "racism" was – and maybe still is - unconscious.

2. This year is my tern for the medicine men - and women - to have fun with. My lady had a clean bill of health from her Oncologist, her Radiologist, her Surgeon and her OBGYN. Thanks to their skill and all your prayers, she is "Cancer free". The only kicker is that we must wait 5 years for it to be true (and take Arimidex every day for those 5 years @ $229.38 per 30. And Medicare doesn't pay for it, now or in the future). I have developed Gallstones...the operation is 25 Sept. 03. I hope the anesthesia doesn't scramble my brains (although there are several fellow alumni who think they are already scrambled).

3. Keep up the good work, John. It seems thankless but it is not. I only wonder that there are so few subscribers. Certainly MC must have decanted more than 1,000 or so Engineers who must have their own computers and could join in, not to mention any of the other schools.

God bless. FNS sends

[JR: <1> A vestige of old thinking. As I remember the good brothers were equal opportunity child abusers. It didn't matter what your color, you took your licks. But it was still better than the "dumbing down" that took – and takes --place at the "government indoctrination camps" called the "public schools". <2> Glad to here things are going better. Good luck on your stones. Be glad that you can get the meds. In Britain, I here that the National Health Service would give certain drugs based on age. And here in the state, to demonstrate the height of government folly, they plan to give a medicare drug benefit and take away my mom's pension related plan. Hmmm, wonder why? Democrats make people more dependent on the government and the Republicans transfer cost from big business to the government and ultimately the tax payer. No wonder I do not like either party! Drugs are expensive, but not as expensive to everyone if the government "buys" them for you. Hillary care "costs" are huge and always hidden. I do "medicare" for several elderly relatives and the whole thing is a giant SCAM. I don't know what old people do who don't have a relative to watch what happens. I suggest that we toss the government out completely from the "medicine business". <3> Funny you should mention it. I agree that it seems "thankless". I have sent out 3,016 invitations since I have been using a dedicated "spamming" tool. You'd think that people would take advantage of the "free" resources it represents. Sigh.]




From: Joe Gorini (????)
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2003 4:49 PM
Subject: Ultimately, Science brings us back to God!!!


Cosmos theory leads to curious place   
Sunday, August 10, 2003

WHEN I STUDIED classical and statistical thermodynamics as a graduate student in Fordham University's chemistry department, I had it drilled through my head that the universe consisted of two moieties: matter and energy.

One could be converted into the other, first expressed mathematically by Einstein in his famous equation, E=mc², but neither could be created nor destroyed. It was assumed they were always present, in one form or the other, existing as the fundamental building blocks for all that composes the physical realm.

But this month's cover story of Scientific American challenges that hypothesis. "Information in the Holographic Universe," by Jacob D. Bekenstein examines the current theory proposed by John A. Wheeler of Princeton University that the foundation for the physical world is information. Energy and matter are merely incidentals.

Beckenstein explains, "The robot at the automobile factory is supplied with metal and plastic but can make nothing useful without copious instructions telling it which part to weld to what and so on. A ribosome in a cell in your body is supplied with amino acid building blocks and is powered by energy released by the conversion of ATP to ADP, but it can synthesize no proteins without the information brought to it from the DNA in the cell's nucleus. Likewise, a century of developments in physics has taught us that information is a crucial player in physical systems and processes."

The reader barely has a chance to digest the implications of the opening paragraphs before suddenly being taken on a cosmological tour of such things as black hole entropy, event horizons, and anti-de Sitter spacetimes. These in turn lead to some truly mind-bending hypotheses: the world existing as a hologram and our perception of it in three dimensions merely being an "extraordinary illusion," for example.

The Stephen W. Hawkings of the world can tackle all of the nuances of quantum physics contained in the article. Less sophisticated readers are left to contend with the author's impressively sweeping statement that "the answers [to Wheeler's theory] might be important clues to the ultimate theory of reality."

Or, more succinctly, the existence and nature of God.

The apostle John waded into these same waters centuries earlier when he proposed that it was indeed information that existed before matter and energy. The first six words of his Gospel declare: "In the beginning was the Word."

The New Testament was written in Greek, a more precise language than English. When John chose the word Logos, translated as word in English, it was with a divine purpose in mind. Strong's Book of Greek and Hebrew defines logos as "something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the divine expression (i.e., Christ).

The Wycliffe Bible Commentary explains that Logos is a word with Old Testament roots and "includes the concepts of wisdom, power, and a special relation to God. It was widely used, too, by philosophers to express such ideas as reason and mediation between God and the world."

In his exposition on the Logos, John ultimately identified the Word as God. Expressed in terms of the Scientific American article, these words might also say that information is God.

That modern cosmological theories point to God should come as no surprise, particularly to believers, who understand that God is capable of withstanding the most intense scrutiny from the scientific community.

But the confluence of science and religion occurs frequently. Genesis, some say, may take poetic license with the timing of things in its description of the creation of the universe. But it is scientifically accurate on the order of creation.

And the Genesis description of Earth being "without form, and void" in the beginning offers striking ratification of recent questions about the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe. The new thinking says the universe started from a "random blip that got things rolling, creating an infinitesimal bit of space-time from nothingness."

The 16th century scientist Francis Bacon expressed the whole science-religion tension this way: "A little science estranges a man from God. A lot of science brings him back."

Even this truth finds resonance in the Scientific American article. Beckenstein concludes when a final theory [on the origin of the cosmos] is "concerned not with fields, not even with space-time, but rather with information, the vision of information as the stuff the world is made of will have found a worthy embodiment."

Gregory J. Rummo writes "An Evangelical View" for The Record's Religion & Values pages. He may be contacted at




From: Zaikowski, Jamie (1998)
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 11:29 AM
Subject: New Email


Could you please change my email address to :<privacy invoked>

Jamie Zaikowski 98'

Associate - Compensation & Benefits
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce




From: Phelps, Steve (1968)
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 5:02 PM
Subject: Important Reminder

IMPORTANT REMINDER -- Mark your calendar with a big ''X'' on Sept. 19, which is the second annual National Talk Like A Pirate Day. For more information, see <>.

[JR: Steve, why would I want to talk like someone from Seaton Hall?  ]




From: Kerry Rood
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 10:43 AM
Subject: Covenant House New York Events

Can the 2 events below be posted online, in print, or mailed to your lists? Thanks so much!

Kerry Rood
Development Associate, Funding and PR
Covenant House New York
460 W. 41st St. NY, NY 10036
212-330-0582 (v) 212-239-8781 (f)


Cuban Salsa Soiree!
Thurs, Sept 25, 2003
7 pm ? 9 pm
Empire Dance Studio
127 W 25th St (bet 6th & 7th Aves)
No experience or partner necessary.
If you don't feel like dancing, hang out in the lounge
and enjoy the festive music and refreshments!
$15 admission includes?
*Basic Cuban Salsa Lesson with Hadar and Martin
*Cuban-Style Snacks
*Virgin Mojitos
*Great Music!
Proceeds go directly to Covenant House New York's programs for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth
ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY (until 5 pm, Sept 25)
Limited space, so order now!
? Send or drop off a check, cash or money order to:
Covenant House New York
460 W. 41st St. (and 10th Ave.)
NY, NY 10036
Attn: Kerry Rood
? Pay by credit card, via our secure server at (note that it is for Salsa Event)
? Call 212-330-0582 with credit card info

A Young Professionals Committee Event
For more, email or visit




From: James M. Ryan (1984)
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 10:59 AM
Subject: Re:

Please change <privacy invoked>  to <privacy invoked> .  Thanks.

Jim Ryan






Copyrighted material belongs to their owner. We recognize that this is merely "fair use", appropriate credit is given and any restrictions observed. The CIC asks you to do the same.

All material submitted for posting becomes the sole property of the CIC. All decisions about what is post, and how, are vested solely in the CIC. We'll attempt to honor your wishes to the best of our ability.

A collection copyright is asserted to protect against any misuse of original material.


Operating Jasper Jottings, the "collector-in-chief", aka CIC, recognizes that every one of us needs privacy. In respect of your privacy, I will protect any information you provide to the best of my ability. No one needs "unsolicited commercial email" aka spam.

The CIC of Jasper Jottings will never sell personal data to outside vendors. Nor do we currently accept advertisements, although that may be a future option.


This effort has NO FORMAL RELATION to Manhattan College!

This is just my idea and has neither support nor any official relationship with Manhattan College. As alumni, we have a special bond with Manhattan College. In order to help the College keep its records as up to date as possible, the CIC will share such information as the Alumni office wants. To date, we share the news, any "new registrations" (i.e., data that differs from the alumni directory), and anything we find about "lost" jaspers.


You may only subscribe to the list, only if you have demonstrated a connection to Manhattan College. This may require providing information about yourself to assert the claim to a connection. Decisions of the CIC are final. If you do provide such personal information, such as email, name, address or telephone numbers, we will not disclose it to anyone except as described here.


Should you wish to connect to someone else on the list, you must send in an email to the list requesting the connection. We will respond to you, so you know we received your request, and send a BCC (i.e., Blind Carbon Copy) of our response to your target with your email address visible. Thus by requesting the connection, you are allowing us to share your email address with another list member. After that it is up to the other to respond to you. Bear in mind that anything coming to the list or to me via my address is assumed to be for publication to the list and you agree to its use as described.

Should some one wish to connect with you, you will be sent a BCC (i.e., Blind Carbon Copy) of our response as described above. It is then your decision about responding.

We want you to be pleased not only with this service. Your satisfaction, and continued participation, is very important to all of us.


Please remember this effort depends upon you being a reporter. Email any news about Jaspers, including yourself --- (It is ok to toot your own horn. If you don't, who will? If it sounds too bad, I'll tone it down.) --- to Please mark if you DON'T want it distributed AND / OR if you DON'T want me to edit it.

I keep two of the “Instant Messengers” up: Yahoo "reinkefj"; and MSN T7328215850.

Or, you can USMail it to me at 3 Tyne Court Kendall Park, NJ 08824.


Feel free to invite other Jaspers to join us by dropping me an email.


Report any problems or feel free to give me feedback, by emailing me at If you are really enraged, or need to speak to me, call 732-821-5850.

If you don't receive your weekly newsletter, your email may be "bouncing". One or two individual transmissions fail each week and, depending upon how you signed up, I may have no way to track you down, so stay in touch.

The following link is an attempt to derail spammers. Don't take it.

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Government -- The Great Enabler
By Lynn Woolley
June 1, 2003

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We have a situation brewing in these United States in which people might have to learn to do for themselves -- instead of expecting the government to take care of them. Liberal politicians are screaming bloody murder and liberal media outlets are running story after horror story about how the sky is falling for poor Americans because of budget constraints. The truth is that this is good news. It's about time people started taking care of themselves.

Now before you get the impression that this column is going to be cold and uncaring about those who are down on their luck, consider this: It's perfectly acceptable for government to have a role in helping the deserving poor; in fact, government must shoulder that responsibility.

The problem in today's society is that the definition of "deserving poor" has broadened to the point that it also includes those who are guilty of poor planning, irresponsible behavior, and downright manipulation of the government's social services.

The view from the Left doesn't leave room for the asking of tough questions. For example, is it not reasonable to ask senior Americans why they failed to plan for their own retirement? Is it reasonable to ask the young couple with four children why they continued to reproduce, knowing that they didn’t have the wherewithal to provide healthcare and insurance for that many children? Are we allowed to question the welfare queen who has children out of wedlock, expecting the government to take care of them? And what about the men who get these women pregnant? Doesn't society have the right to demand that they foot the bill to care for the kids that they create?

The view from the Left considers those questions to be insensitive and judgmental. Lord knows that we wouldn't want to offend anyone -- especially some young, unmarried woman who strolls into a convenience store with a toddler, an infant, and one on the way, to use her government-issued welfare card.

It's time to consider a few questions that the "non-judgmental" crowd would rather avoid. For example, isn’t it true that government, through its compassionate social services programs, has become the "great enabler," allowing the breakdown of basic morality? Doesn't government, by stepping in to help people who've made terrible decisions, make it easier for people to keep making those decisions?

Facts are facts. When government provides free childcare for single mothers, it is encouraging more single mothers. When government provides CHIP insurance for low-income families, it is saying that it's all right to have more babies than a family can afford. When government conspires to provide a pharmaceutical benefit, it is telling seniors that government will take the place of their failure to plan for their old age.

The fact is that this attitude now permeates government almost from cradle to grave. In school, the free and reduced lunch program reaches out to children with the message that, yes, there is a free lunch. Counselors in high school take it a step further by helping kids find someone else to pay for their college tuition. The message in our society from schools and government at all levels is like a trumpet blaring: Don’t worry! Someone else will take care of you! You don't have to be responsible for yourself!

We're mad at the French, while at the same time, we're becoming more like them every day.

So here in this bastion of socialism known as the United States of America, let's ask just a few more questions. Suppose that we passed a few laws (that would take effect gradually so as not to cause any immediate upheaval) that were designed to reverse this trend? Let's say that we abolished CHIP insurance on the grounds that it's wrong to require some taxpayers to pay for the care of other people's children. Suppose we outlaw government prescription benefits and instead, urge middle-aged people to look for private-sector policies or open medical saving accounts? Suppose we tell welfare mothers that they will have to put the finger on the men who impregnated them? Why not go after those guys before taxpayers are asked to pony up?

The fact is that the very availability of social services to irresponsible people is the enabling factor that makes more people demand those services. If we'd just stop it, then government could do a much better and more efficient job of helping those who are needy through no fault of their own.

Watch for Lynn Woolley's book "Clear Moral Objectives" coming soon from Eakin Press. E-mail Lynn at

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I have a relative who's a deadbeat dad. And, I help his kids. I would no more expect the State to do it then I would expect to have to pay for my neighbor's children. Before all of the socialist welfare programs and the high taxes that support those programs, America had ways for effective charity to reach the deserving. Without the government overhead. I have often cited the Lord Acton site as the source of interesting information about effective charity. The "poor" have no more right to "demand" stuff from our government, then I have to stand out on Route One and steal a dollar from every car that drives by. The government is the problem, period.


And that’s the last word.